Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
Business leaders in the city have said they are confident of significant spin-off investment – with the potential for hundreds of new jobs – when up to 6,000 corporate VIPs visit Galway for the ‘grand finale’ of the Volvo Ocean Race next year.
And there have been forecasts that Galway will be the first city in Ireland to recover from the recession, thanks to the potential investment, as well as the predicted €80 million direct boost to the local economy from the race.
Michael Coyle, CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce said: “If anything, our expectations are even bigger and better than 2009. It is now a proven product and event.
“It will give a presence to the corporate world here. There is talk of around 6,000 corporate guests, who are major players worldwide, and there will be a specific emphasis of a business-to-business dimension. It will be an opportunity to showcase Galway to that community and for the business community in Galway to participate.
“This absolutely has the potential – against the backdrop of how the world economy is going at the time – to kickstart Galway’s economy. Not just through the €80m immediate financial impact of holding the 8 to 10 day event, but it has the potential to be a very significant event in terms of direct revenues and long-term corporate involvement.
“Corporate decision-makers will come to Galway next year and see the talent pool, the graduate pool, the medical devices cluster, the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) cluster, marine development and green technology.
“2009 was a stopover, so not all of the teams and sponsors were here. Despite the fantastic results, there was probably only 60%-70% in terms of corporate sponsors.
“With an immediate impact of €80m, the long-term benefits are there to be won as well. The Ocean Race can only be hugely positive for Galway,” said Mr Coyle.
The 10-day ‘grand finale’ will run from June 28 to July 7, and will see a ‘Global Village’ – twice the size of 2009’s Race Village – constructed at the Docks, with a further structure at South Park and events in Salthill also.
The event is expected to attract around one million ‘visits’ to the Global Village, which equates to around 600,000 visitors to the city.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.